NCAA Football – Week 10
Last year, it was the “Game of the Century” the first time around when the LSU Tigers beat the Alabama Crimson Tide. The second time around, the game had all of the pomp and circumstance surrounding one of the biggest showdowns ever, but the 21-0 blowout was never really all that close. Now, it’s Round 3 over the course of the last 12 months for these two teams, and the action for college football betting fans is as good as it will ever be on Saturday.
Are the Crimson Tide the best ever? The distinct possibility is there that this team is going to win all of its games this year by at least three scores, and that would put the Tide in the discussion as the best ever. This is a dangerous game, and QB AJ McCarron and the crew know it. There is definitely a score to settle after losing the de facto SEC West Championship Game last year at home, and McCarron and a stout defense know what they have to do to get the job done. Alabama has to remember that it could drop clear out of the BCS with a loss in this game, and it definitely does not want that to happen. Every time we talk about the Tide, we have to remind people that this team hasn’t allowed more than 14 points in a game to an FBS opponent in almost two full years’ worth of games now. That’s just absolutely out of this world. Heck, last week, the Mississippi State Bulldogs came to Tuscaloosa with a talented team that was full of sound and fury, only to see the then 12th ranked and undefeated team get crushed 38-7 in a game that truly wasn’t that close.
LSU has everything on the line in this one, perhaps even more so than what was the case last year. There is absolutely no turning back if this game is lost. Alabama was able to survive and get the ultimate job done regardless of what happened in this game at home. The Tigers will have two losses, will have no chance to win the SEC West, and no chance to play for the National Championship at that point, and they might fall out of the BCS picture once and for all as well. Take out the game against the Towson Tigers, and the LSU offense has averaged just 16.5 points per game in its last four games, and that obviously just isn’t good enough to win games, even with one of the most talented defenses in the land on its side. The games have been tough though, knowing that this is the fourth straight game against a team that has been ranked in the Top 15 in the country at one point or another this year, and the third in four games against a team that was once ranked in the Top 5.
The Bayou Bengals never say die here at home, especially at night, and that’s the one thing that Alabama just can’t account for. The longer this game stays close, the more likely that this is going to turn into a brutal upset. It will be a slug fest for sure, but in the end, we are going to call for the upset. LSU 15 – Alabama 10